David Warner
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Cricket Australia’s code of conduct is to be reviewed in light of Aaron Finch’s resignation as one-day captain. David Warner’s lifetime ban from leadership cannot be overturned unless Cricket Australia consults the integrity unit that investigated the 2018 Newlands ball-tampering incident.

Australian opener David Warner is hoping to end his international career on a high and not back away from captaining his country if the opportunity arrives. The Southpaw will open for the Australia team in the T20 World Cup 2022 tournament and Sydney Thunders retained him for the upcoming Big Bash League.

Opportunity To Captain Would Be A Privilege – David Warner

“I haven’t had any conversations at all (yet). But look, I think at the end of the day any opportunity to captain would be a privilege,” Warner told Fox Sports.com.au.

“But, from my end, there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge, to have those conversations with Cricket Australia and my main focus is just actually playing cricket,” he added.

David Warner and Marcus Stoinis (image Credits: Twitter)
David Warner and Marcus Stoinis (Image Credits: Twitter)

Warner made his debut for Australia in 2009 against South Africa. His body language on the field is top notch and he doesn’t back away from any sledge or hyper celebrations off the field. However, he admits that he has toned himself down as an international cricketer.

“I think I was always talked about, and talked into being, that aggressor, being that vocal one on the field,” Warner said when asked about his more relaxed approach.

“Obviously I did that because it got the best out of me, but I was also instructed to be that person, ‘it gets the team going’, and all that kind of stuff.”

“Now it’s more about worrying about me.”

I’ve Stopped Even Thinking About What People Think Of Me – David Warner

In March 2018, Warner’s life was turned upside down when he was found red-handed for ball tampering in the second Test match against South Africa in Cape Town. He mentioned in a freewheeling chat that he had stopped worrying about what others thought of him.

“If you want to sit down to get to know me and have a beer with me, I’m sure your opinion of me would change,” Warner said.

“If you don’t like me for what you see on the TV, if you’ve never met me, I’m sure there’s guys I’ve played with who will say, ‘yeah, he’s great company.'”

“For me, I’ve stopped even thinking about what people think of me because at the end of the day, I’m living my life,” he said.

I Wrote Down What I Wanted To Achieve – David Warner

He also revealed that he wrote a journal entry in 2013 in which he mentioned the exact number of runs and centuries he would score. Further, he had also written the exact year of retirement. However, this has changed.

“My wife actually found a journal while unpacking some stuff from 2013. I wrote down what I wanted to achieve and when I was going to retire,” he said.

David Warner with his daughters
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“I had 2033 but crossed out for 2023. I had like 20 (Test) hundreds, 20 ODI hundreds, 10 T20 hundreds, and over, I think, 6,000 Test runs, 5,000 ODI runs and 10,000 T20 runs. So I’ve pretty much ticked all them off bar two ODI (and two T20) hundreds.

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“So, for me, going back to 2009, then 2013 labelling all that, I’ve pretty much accomplished everything I wanted to do.”

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